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Old 12-05-2012, 08:31 PM   #61
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We are from Ohio and sailing out of Galveston next month. I have to say the lack of easy transportation between Houston and Galveston is somewhat daunting. Yes, DCL offers transfers---but we are used the MCO/Port Canaveral approach where one can easily do a one-way car rental. The transfer for an outsider seems so much more expensive and that much more of a hassle!
Completely agree! I tried to research the transfers months ago and it was very intimidating. Enough that I gave up on researching DCL out of Texas. Also, the airfare from LA to Orlando is the same price (or even cheaper sometimes) than LA to Houston. That's crazy.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:46 PM   #62
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If I was someone who had a Galveston cruise booked for the end of 2013 I'd be very, very worried right now. Just ask the people with plans to cruise out of LA in late 2012. If DCL decides they can make a few extra $$ sailing somewhere else, they'll pull the rug out from under you without a second thought.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #63
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If I was someone who had a Galveston cruise booked for the end of 2013 I'd be very, very worried right now. Just ask the people with plans to cruise out of LA in late 2012. If DCL decides they can make a few extra $$ sailing somewhere else, they'll pull the rug out from under you without a second thought.
Yup. Was on the December 2012 Christmas cruise on the Wonder to cruise the Mexican Rivera. Was so darn excited about that trip and still bummed that I won't be taking it in a few days.
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Old 12-05-2012, 10:55 PM   #64
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Agree with what's been said above. We live in KC, and thought that Galveston seemed like it should be cheaper/easier for us to do. But it's more expensive to fly to Houston than to Orlando. Galveston is 13+ hours to drive, which is too much with a toddler - shorter day for us to fly, and there's nonstop flights to Orlando (2 1/2 hour flight, even adding on "airport time" and it's a fraction of the drive time). Flying to Houston and getting to Galveston is a pain, not specific to Disney but still pricey and challenging (much more so than getting to PC).

Even though it's geographically closer, Galveston doesn't really have any advantages for us, and it's easier to see how to combine a few beach days or some time at WDW with a cruise out of PC. Agree that Western Carib is generally boring to us anyway, adding to that older ships and an obnoxious, expensive port to get to . . . Just didn't make sense for us.

Now, by contrast, I'd totally sail out of California. Different itinerary than what I've done, and I could see spending time in Cali bookending a cruise.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:05 PM   #65
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Also, the shorter cruises out of Galveston are pretty unappealing being a non local. It's hard to spend all that money to fly there for a 4-5-6 day cruise and not have WDW or DL there to complete the vacation. I know people vacation in Galveston. I wasn't interested in that though. I was thinking of booking a Christmas cruise out of there but the cruises are too short.
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:54 AM   #66
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Silly....

This whole thread is so silly, "everyone is an expert". Do you all REALLY think as a MULTI-BILLION dollar business Disney companies had no idea about Texas Schools or other odd things that people have been blaming this on? I have to disagree with everyone on here who thinks that this has anything to do with filling the ship etc or even with Children being able to attend. We sailed, our ship was filled and the next ship was also full in October, DURING the week.

Disney knew exactly what they were doing and still does, is it disappointing yes, but please don't be under the "fantasy" that Disney didn't do extensive research before doing what they did in Texas, this was all part of the plan.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:26 AM   #67
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This whole thread is so silly, "everyone is an expert". Do you all REALLY think as a MULTI-BILLION dollar business Disney companies had no idea about Texas Schools or other odd things that people have been blaming this on? I have to disagree with everyone on here who thinks that this has anything to do with filling the ship etc or even with Children being able to attend. We sailed, our ship was filled and the next ship was also full in October, DURING the week.

Disney knew exactly what they were doing and still does, is it disappointing yes, but please don't be under the "fantasy" that Disney didn't do extensive research before doing what they did in Texas, this was all part of the plan.
I agree with you. I'm not sure how so many can speak with such an authority on Disney business deals. It is all based on speculation and possibly personal feelings.

We didn't book Galveston because it's the school year. We don't book any vacation because it's the school year. That's us. I speak for me. No idea on why Disney chose Galveston, but I can guess, but that's all it would be.
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:02 AM   #68
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It was just announced yesterday that starting in 2014 all the ships will be back in Florida...Dream, Fantasy and Magic will be at Port Canaveral and the Wonder will be in Miami
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Old 12-06-2012, 11:14 AM   #69
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So what is up with Disney no longer sailing out of Galveston in 2014, just saw the announcement?

Anyone have some insight?
Your OP above.

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This whole thread is so silly, "everyone is an expert". Do you all REALLY think as a MULTI-BILLION dollar business Disney companies had no idea about Texas Schools or other odd things that people have been blaming this on? I have to disagree with everyone on here who thinks that this has anything to do with filling the ship etc or even with Children being able to attend. We sailed, our ship was filled and the next ship was also full in October, DURING the week.

Disney knew exactly what they were doing and still does, is it disappointing yes, but please don't be under the "fantasy" that Disney didn't do extensive research before doing what they did in Texas, this was all part of the plan.
Only on the Dis. People post their opinions and you think it's "silly" You are the ONE who started the thread and asked for "insight". No one claimed to be an expert and THIS is a DISCUSSION board.

In my "non-expert" opinion. DCL would do better home porting the ship back on the East Coast either NYC again or Baltimore or even Boston
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:16 PM   #70
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I am booked on an April cruise out of Galveston and used Dreams Unlimited to book. This is my first Disney cruise. The week unfortunately was an 8 day that was not on the KSF dates. If the prices drop or KSF is added for this date, can I get the cheaper price as long as I am not PIF. Is that how that works? Will my agent let me know if prices drop or any specials will apply?
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:13 PM   #71
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I am booked on an April cruise out of Galveston and used Dreams Unlimited to book. This is my first Disney cruise. The week unfortunately was an 8 day that was not on the KSF dates. If the prices drop or KSF is added for this date, can I get the cheaper price as long as I am not PIF. Is that how that works? Will my agent let me know if prices drop or any specials will apply?
We are booked on one of the 4-nighters in February. The KSF was added after our PIF date. Our TA was able to get the KSF applied to our reservation just today and we are getting a refund! So I think if they add KSF to your cruise, you are in luck. If they do the *GT rates, I don't think you can get those after your PIF date.
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Old 12-06-2012, 10:20 PM   #72
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We are booked on one of the 4-nighters in February. The KSF was added after our PIF date. Our TA was able to get the KSF applied to our reservation just today and we are getting a refund! So I think if they add KSF to your cruise, you are in luck. If they do the *GT rates, I don't think you can get those after your PIF date.
Just a little heads up here, while it is possible to get the KSF offering applied to your cruise, if it comes available, sometimes they won't do it.

You are correct about the last minute restricted fares (*GT). They only apply to new bookings, so you would have to cancel your current reservation (with whatever penalties that would apply) and rebook. Downsides to this - the *GT rates generally aren't available until after your Paid In Full dates, and you would lose whatever room you have on your current reservation, as well as any excursion/adult dining reservations you may have made.


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Old 12-10-2012, 12:00 PM   #73
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At least the Magic is in Galveston for a little while. I'm thrilled that we get the chance to go on a Disney Cruise without flying to Florida.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:16 PM   #74
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That's exactly what I was going through when I booked my March 15 cruise out of Galveston. I started a meet thread and only one person responded; that person wasn't even sure that they would be on the cruise. That cruise today still has tons of cabins left.....I bet my last dollar that Disney will be discounting these March sailings soon.
We were supposed to be on that cruise, but then they changed it from 8 days to 4 days. We switched to a February cruise instead.
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At least the Magic is in Galveston for a little while. I'm thrilled that we get the chance to go on a Disney Cruise without flying to Florida.
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We were supposed to be on that cruise, but then they changed it from 8 days to 4 days. We switched to a February cruise instead.
I don't know. Our April 26 board is pretty slow over here and mostly serves as a springboard to the Facebook group which is quite active.
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